Sad news on 7th March 2017 as Black Sabbath officially announced that they had disbanded. It was of no real surpise given that the gig in Birmingham on the 4th February was meant to be their final show.
Tony Iommi, one of the holy trinity of great rock guitarists of the 1970’s has always been an influence on me (I also play a Gibson SG like the great man). The other two of course being Jimmy Page and Ritchie Blackmore.
If you are unfamiliar with their material, check out their first two albums, Black Sabbath and Paranoid and turn it up to eleven man!
For both my original band “Thrasonic” and my function band “Superfuzz” I favour one of the most iconic set ups in rock history, which is a Gibson (in my case, an SG) into a non-master Marshall amp and turn up to eleven!
In both bands I use a variety of effect pedals, but two I simply couldn’t do without. These are my JMI Tonebenders – I have a Mark 1 and a Mark 1.5. The Mark 1.5 is my current favourite and I use extensively in my original band.
The other classic vintage effect is a Treble Booster, which I use when playing in my function band.
To hear this classic sound of a Gibson through a Fuzz, into a Marshall listen to artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Mick Ronson (early Bowie) and, most famously, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.
Today, 9th January, is the birthday of Led Zeppelin legend, Jimmy Page – so happy birthday Jimmy!
For anyone who has not heard (or seen) much Led Zeppelin, I recommend you watch the live concert from Madison Square Garden filmed in 1976 – “the song remains the same” – this is classic Zeppelin at their Rock God best.